Health Notes

Immune System Boosters

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3 of the Best Immune-System Boosters

Pharmacist Shabir Daya suggests supplements to ward off colds and flu:

  • Health Insurance Plus Tablets by Lamberts Healthcare, £16.70 for 125 small tablets; dose two daily for adults and children aged 16 and upwards. Provides essential micronutrients including magnesium, high potency B vitamins and three times the RDA of vitamin C.
  • U-Cubes Children’s Multivitamin and Mineral Gummies by Solgar Vitamins, £12.99 for 60 gummies; dose two to four daily depending on age. Based on tapioca and pectin, they are free of dairy, yeast, artificial flavours and preservatives.
  • For Daily Immunity by Optibac Probiotics, £11.29 for 30 capsules; dose one daily for adults and children aged four and upwards. With several types of ‘good’ gut bacteria, plus vitamin C and natural plant extracts.

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Chondroitin Sulphate

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Research shows a daily 800mg dose of chondroitin sulphate (CS), a natural compound, is as effective for improving pain and function in knee osteoarthritis as Celebrex, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. Since Celebrex has potential side effects – some serious – researchers suggest CS should be considered a first-line treatment. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Natures Aid Chondroitin from a marine source (£15.95 for 90 tablets). Take two daily with food. Read More…

Magic Skin

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When I scalded my wrist recently, I slathered on Magic Skin Repair Gel, an aloe-vera-based product with essential oils, notably myrrh and helichrysum. The pain subsided immediately. A second application removed the hurt for the rest of the day. A day later, the two-inch burn was red, with a few blisters, but there was no pain. This cooling gel by 1001 Remedies is recommended for acne, spots, rashes and other skin blemishes. Read More…

Head Lice

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Q: Is there a natural product to prevent and/ or treat head lice in children?

A: These tiny insects breed profusely on scalps, attaching their eggs (nits) near the base of individual hairs. They spread by climbing from one head to another, up to a six-centimetre distance apart. Although harmless, they cause itching.

Some essential oils have potent pesticidal properties, according to medical herbalist and pharmacist Dr Chris Etheridge. The natural brand Puressentiel offers a Lice Repellent Spray, based on a derivative of lemon eucalyptus essential oil. A report from the University of Tours, France, showed a repellent effect of more than 24 hours in laboratory tests. Spray children aged three and upwards every morning.
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Skin, Nails And Hair

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My weak, flaky nails are finally growing to a reasonable length thanks, I believe, to my daily intake of Solgar Skin, Nails and Hair Formula (£12.50 for 60 tablets). This supplement is designed to help produce collagen and keratin, the building blocks of skin, hair and nails. It is based on MSM, a sulphur-containing mineral, combined with red algae, copper, lysine and vitamin C. Read More…